How do I train my puppy shih tzu not to bite or do any poopoo in he house?

He is a 9 week old pure breed shih tzu. Some times my 4 year old daughter old my 10 year old or my wife wanna pick him up he starts growling and tries to bite them. Also at night he he poopoos out side he’s cage. What & how should I do to prevent those bahaviors?

With the growling, they need to respect him when he starts to growl. These are his warnings, and you don’t want to get after him for warning because if you do then he will learn not to warn and just to bite. You want these warnings. Instead, they need to respect his space and sit down with him and invite him up on their laps.

Other ways to make him like them more and to help encourage no biting is for them to handfeed him his meals (you hold the hand of the child so that they don’t close their hand too much.) If anyone feels anything but tongue, then the food is taken away and “ouch” is said. After 3 ouches, that meal ends. Plan on 3-5 meals a day so that if he has to skip one it’s only 3 hours to the next meal and won’t hurt him, but it will make a huge impact.

Try to find a trainer in your area that will help you train him, since this will help you help THEM to train him and make him like them even more.

As for pooing outside his cage, as long as he’s not going in the cage you’re good. Do NOT under ANY circumstances hit him or get all physical like some people are saying. If you do that, you teach him to not poo in front of you, and that will mean a puppy who hides behind your couch or under your child’s bed to poo, where you can’t see him. Your best bet is to wake up earlier so you have more time to take him out, and then take him DIRECTLY outside. When he poos outside, celebrate it and pay attention and give treats. If he starts pooing inside, pick him up mid-poo and take him outside, not saying a thing.

When you get back inside, put him where he can’t see you and clean up the mess using an enzyme based cleanser (Nature’s Miracle is the best, but there are good knock off brands just about everywhere even Wal-mart. Just make sure it says “enzyme based” since the enzymes eat the protein bonds that make the smell, even smell you can’t smell yourself. He can smell it.) It’s important for him not to see you cleaning it up, since that gives him permission to go there again (you’re cleaning it up for his use next time.)

For long periods of time he needs a long-term confinement area. Ie, a kennel large enough for his bed, for a spot for him to pee/poo without breaking his housetraining, toys, and water.

Do not use ANY method that your 4 year old cannot execute perfectly. In other words, the Cesar Millan methods tend to be very physical and your 4 year old is too young to do them. It would put her in danger since eventually the dog would use physical force against her… ie, a bite. It’s far better to make them friends than to buy into the whole “dominance” theories which have been proven false. Also, I don’t know about you, but around my house little kids make all sorts of noises that sound a lot like Millan’s “sst” sound. I don’t want my dog to think they’re in trouble for hanging around the child or feel like they have to defend themselves.

  • *CeLiNe~FrEnChAdO*

    have him wear a mouth cap and take it off when hes good. if he bites,on it goes again.
    whenever he poops in the house make him stay outside as a punishment.
    worked for my dog.
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  • Alex

    When he decides to take a “poopoo” you hit him and yell NO! and throw him outside. DO NOT BE GENTAL. The dog needs to learn, “hey don’t take a PooPoo in the house”

    As for biting, when he bites or growls yell NO and throw him on the ground.

    You and the dog need to establish that you are the master and he is the follower.
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  • AMP

    punch it in the head
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  • Straygirl911

    Poops outside his cage? Is he inside the cage and sticking his butt out or is he not in the cage? I don’t understand.
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  • angel4rmheaven

    kick him out of da house let him sleep outside
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  • Golfergirl13

    Okay, watch The Dog Whisperer.
    Lil, and to make em stop biting simply put your hands into a ‘bitting’ fist and gently touch the dogs neck and say “chit”. that should help. And 4 the poop, take the puppy out right when you want to bring em in. out to the front yard and say ‘go potty’, wait til its poops or pees.
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    I have a puppy too

  • LIVINGC4D4V3R

    seriously i know this sounds so mean…. but trust me it works…. the harder you hit it, the more scared you make it of you… the better it listens and the better it learns… dont worry about it not loving you cause it lives with you… no matter what your its master and it will love you….
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  • Animelover1031

    I had a similar problem with my puppy.

    to stop the pooping you need to keep the dog in the cage at night, make an adjustment to the cage so it is just big enough for the dog to sleep inside. dogs have a tendency not to poop in a small space that they have to sleep in. to fully train the dog to stop pooping outside that cage this may take up to 3 to 4 months. when the dog has learned this you may increase the size of the cage back to normal again.

    And depending on the dogs attitude towards friends or family, you have to show a little force ( this may be hard for some dog owners) Also all force and no rewards is a negative. when the dog does something correct give it a treat once and a while. show the dog a ton of affection and attention and it will respond in a kind manner.

    I hope this helps ^.^
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  • Cheyene B

    You cant stop a nine week old puppy for biting. Try when hes older. Outside in the morning then breakfast then crate then outside. Lunch then outside. outside at 3. Dinner time then outaide. For future refreces u dont feed an older dog lunch.
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  • bullet

    To train ur dog not bite and not to do poo poo inside the house. First: trait that dog right. Give attention. Talk to that animal.. Walk the dog to the park. It takes away stresses .It invites the dog to do poo poo on the weeds and grasses. Enjoy.
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    Experience.

  • Donna

    When I first got my Yorkie as a puppy, he was constantly pooping and peeing on our carpet. Let me tell you, hitting and abuse does NOT work as a punishment.
    My dad and sister would always hit him and rub his face in his poop and pee. The only thing that resulted in was him hiding whenever he had to go, instead of understanding that he had to do that stuff outside.

    What you should do about the poop:
    When he poops, pick him up, yelling “NO” and put him next to the poop so he understands what he’s being punished for. Make sure you are firm and sound angry. Then, immediately take him to the place he’s supposed to relieve himself (if it’s his cage, take him to his cage; if it’s supposed to be outside, take him outside, etc.)

    About the biting:
    When he growls and bites, instead of putting him down or hitting him, hold him close to your chest or neck, and growl back at him. Let him know you’re boss. If he continues to bite and growl, growl louder. Maybe put him down on the couch or in a corner, and get over him (like a dominant wolf in a pack) and growl at him. Keep doing this until he gets submissive (when he lowers his head or lays down on his back).
    If you just put him down, he’ll think that he’s in charge and will get anything he wants.
    If he doesn’t respond to the growling method, then he needs some serious work done, and you should consider taking him to a puppy training class.
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    How I successfully trained my Yorkie.

  • Courage

    With the growling, they need to respect him when he starts to growl. These are his warnings, and you don’t want to get after him for warning because if you do then he will learn not to warn and just to bite. You want these warnings. Instead, they need to respect his space and sit down with him and invite him up on their laps.

    Other ways to make him like them more and to help encourage no biting is for them to handfeed him his meals (you hold the hand of the child so that they don’t close their hand too much.) If anyone feels anything but tongue, then the food is taken away and “ouch” is said. After 3 ouches, that meal ends. Plan on 3-5 meals a day so that if he has to skip one it’s only 3 hours to the next meal and won’t hurt him, but it will make a huge impact.

    Try to find a trainer in your area that will help you train him, since this will help you help THEM to train him and make him like them even more.

    As for pooing outside his cage, as long as he’s not going in the cage you’re good. Do NOT under ANY circumstances hit him or get all physical like some people are saying. If you do that, you teach him to not poo in front of you, and that will mean a puppy who hides behind your couch or under your child’s bed to poo, where you can’t see him. Your best bet is to wake up earlier so you have more time to take him out, and then take him DIRECTLY outside. When he poos outside, celebrate it and pay attention and give treats. If he starts pooing inside, pick him up mid-poo and take him outside, not saying a thing.

    When you get back inside, put him where he can’t see you and clean up the mess using an enzyme based cleanser (Nature’s Miracle is the best, but there are good knock off brands just about everywhere even Wal-mart. Just make sure it says “enzyme based” since the enzymes eat the protein bonds that make the smell, even smell you can’t smell yourself. He can smell it.) It’s important for him not to see you cleaning it up, since that gives him permission to go there again (you’re cleaning it up for his use next time.)

    For long periods of time he needs a long-term confinement area. Ie, a kennel large enough for his bed, for a spot for him to pee/poo without breaking his housetraining, toys, and water.

    Do not use ANY method that your 4 year old cannot execute perfectly. In other words, the Cesar Millan methods tend to be very physical and your 4 year old is too young to do them. It would put her in danger since eventually the dog would use physical force against her… ie, a bite. It’s far better to make them friends than to buy into the whole “dominance” theories which have been proven false. Also, I don’t know about you, but around my house little kids make all sorts of noises that sound a lot like Millan’s “sst” sound. I don’t want my dog to think they’re in trouble for hanging around the child or feel like they have to defend themselves.
    References :
    http://www.fourpawsuniversity.com/dogpsychology.htm

  • KRAYZIEME

    i trained my puppy when she was two months old by using rewards when shed go on her training pads so maybe u should buy some puppy pads and leave it in side and if she does poo poo then have her look at you and say no or no poo poo and take her to the pad and put her down and she should get the hang of it and later just move the pad closer to outside or if not then i also would take her out right sfter she ate and before bed then real eary in the morning at around 6 or 7
    and she eventually learned and is now 5 mnths and goes and sits at the door to go outside and about the biting try n teach her 2 sit so sh e can be a little calmer then slowly start trying to pet her till she gets used to it oh and use food it works alot better w food
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  • Brittani Y

    I like the look of a shih tzu. They are so cute.
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The Shih Tzu Manual